live within (one's) means

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live within (one's) means

To spend less or only as much money as one is earning or is able to pay in order avoid exceeding one's budget or going into debt. You need to start living within your means and avoid making so many frivolous purchases. Being so poor during college taught me how to live within my means.
See also: live, mean, within
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

live within one's means

to spend no more money than one has. We have to struggle to live within our means, but we manage. John is unable to live within his means.
See also: live, mean, within
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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AFTER the global financial crash triggered by the greed of banks, like RBS and their American mates, the Tories declared austerity with the cries of "cut the borrowing and live within our means" and "we're all in this together".
I wish we could have bulletproof vehicles to boot but we have to live within our means, and just do our job well,' Guevarra said.
Defending her decision in Parliament, she echoed George Osborne claiming the Tories had inherited the biggest deficit in peacetime history and said we must "live within our means".
There always seems to be justification when the Government spends taxpayers' money, but when money is really needed for the people of this country then we are told to live within our means.
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This is the Chancellor who in 2010 told us that his plan A would pay off the deficit by 2015, and here we are in 2016 with a PS75bn deficit, this is the man who said we have to live within our means while pushing government borrowing up from PS999bn to an eye watering PS1.6 trillion.
First, we can be good role models by demonstrating that we live within our means. Kids are smart, they can figure out real quick when we live beyond our means ...
How do we get jobs and growth in every part of the country?" Asked if she supports cuts as a means of getting the deficit down, she said: "We need to balance the books and live within our means but in a better, fairer way.
We've all had to tighten our belts and live within our means: if we truly are "all in this together", shouldn't out political leaders be showing a good example?
"I believe we can live within our means and live up to the values we share as Americans," he said.
OAPs should get more - but we should all live within our means.
She conveniently forgets to mention why we as a country need to live within our means after 13 years of Gordon Brown's so called - "prudence".
He added: "These are challenging times and like all departments, we have to live within our means."
An MoD spokesman said: "These are challenging times and like all Government departments, we have to live within our means."